QLE.20.012 – Thriving Neighbourhoods

Route: Quality of the living environment

Cluster question: 078 How does the built environment affect health and wellbeing?

Cities are currently faced with enormous challenging interconnected agendas; becoming climate neutral, accessible, safe, inclusive, healthy and sustainable places to live. To reach these goals we argue that neighborhoods are the crucial point of intervention. We should rebuild our cities from the neighbourhoods up and dare to make them better places by adopting the notion of neighbourhood ecologies to refer to the qualities in which the aforementioned challenges can be combined with enhanced sociability.

In order to develop climate neutral, safe, inclusive, accessible, healthy and sustainable neighbourhood ecologies, we will focus on the primary question: Can we make cities better places to live in by making the connection between urbanism and sustainable living, culminating in sustainable and healthy ways of life?
We will do this by:
1. Working on novel intersectoral and community engagement concepts (visioning, co-creation)
2. Working on novel governance, policy, financing and business models
3. Working on integrated evidence-based design principles to improve neighbourhood ecologies
4. Working on integrated assessment frameworks to evaluate the impact of new concepts ex-ante, real-time, and ex-post.


health, sustainability, urbanity

Other organisations

Amersfoort, Ballast-Nedam, Future City Foundation, Gemeente Utrecht, Heijmans, Hilversum, Hogeschool Utrecht, Mecanoo, MRP, Provincie Utrecht, Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM), UMCU, Urban Sync, Utrecht University (UU), Waag


Organisation Utrecht University (UU)
Name Prof. Dr. Ir. Roel Vermeulen
E-mail r.c.h.vermeulen@uu.nl
Website https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/RCHVermeulen